High Court of Australia

Certain Lloyd's Underwriters Subscribing to Contract No IH00AAQS v Cross [2012] HCA 56

Certain Lloyd's Underwriters Subscribing to Contract No IH00AAQS v Thelander

Certain Lloyd's Underwriters Subscribing to Contract No IH00AAQS v Thelander

87 ALJR 131; 293 ALR 412

12 Dec 2012

Case Number: S417/2011 S418/2011 S419/2011

Before

French CJ, Hayne, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell JJ

Catchwords

Costs – Limit on maximum costs in connection with claim for "personal injury damages" – Legal Profession Act 1987 (NSW), ss 198C and 198D – Where "personal injury damages" defined to have same meaning as in Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) – Whether maximum costs limitation applies to claims for personal injury damages resulting from intentional acts.

Statutory interpretation – Principles – Reading provision in context – Whether, when operative statute adopts term in source statute, account must be taken of operation of term in source statute – Effect of amendments to statute.

Words and phrases – "award of personal injury damages", "claim for personal injury damages", "maximum costs", "personal injury damages", "same meaning".

Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) – Pt 2, ss 3, 9.

Legal Profession Act 1987 (NSW) – Pt 11 Div 5B, ss 198C, 198D.
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